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REC calls for recruiters to work with policy-maker

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation last month launched a ‘manifesto for jobs’, calling for the next government’s help in creating the best jobs market in the world.

The recruitment industry last year placed over 630,000 people into new permanent roles, whilst ensuring that over 1.1million people were on temporary or contract placements on any given day.

As part of the manifesto, the REC has asked recruiters to contact their local politicians in a bid to highlight the industry’s positive contribution to the economy and promote several recommendations that will work towards strengthening the labour market.

These recommendations include:
Establish an ‘all ages’ careers advice service which taps into the expertise of specialist recruiters;
Commission an independent body to review financial products to help individuals who work flexibly;
Simplify the tax system for workers by combining National Insurance contributions and income tax;
Encourage the take-up of employer-led vocational qualifications to ensure that the supply of skilled workers meets the demands of business;
Expand the Shortage Occupation List to reflect current skills shortages;
Establish a government taskforce to incentivise Local Employment Partnerships (LEPs) to become more responsive to local business;
Use initiatives such as the REC’s Good Recruitment Campaign to encourage employers to prioritise social mobility and diversity;
Expand the EU Services Directive to include professional recruitment agencies;
Include the recruitment industry on all UKTI international trade delegations.

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